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26 Jul 2005

Unsafe sex
Hi,

My friend had unsafe sex this afternoon, the condom broke and the other guy came inside him. He's freaking out and very scared of HIV. What can I tell him to reassure him? How can I help him?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Conrad

If your friend was exposed to the HI virus (through semen or blood entering his bloodstream), it is essential that he get relevant preventive treatment as soon as possible. Treatment must commence within a maximum period of 72 hours, and the sooner it can be initiated after exposure to the virus the better his chances of avoiding becoming HIV positive.

The treatment is called P.E.P. (Post Exposure Prophylaxis), and consists of ARV tablets. It is also given to women after they've been raped, and to nurses after they've pricked themselves with a dirty needle.

P.E.P. requires a script from a doctor. If your friend doesn't have a GP, he can go to the casualty section of any hospital and request that the doctor on duty write a script for him.

Please get your friend to a doctor as soon as possible!

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